Faculty Opportunities

Duke India Initiative: Call for Proposals 
(Internal funding, for Duke faculty members only) 


The Duke India Initiative (DII) is opening a call for applications to fund projects and activities in support of its mission. The mission of the DII (https://igs.duke.edu/units/duke-india-initiative) is to promote and intensify collaborations within Duke and amongst Duke and partners across India. The DII aims to foster multidisciplinary, multi-cultural research, educational and entrepreneurial activities related to India. 

In particular, projects that support the following DII objectives are encouraged: 

  • Building and fostering multidisciplinary collaboration across Duke’s campus on both research and educational activities related to India 
  • Integrating teaching and on-site research to address India-specific issues 
  • Increasing the visibility studies related to India across campus 
  • Stimulating dialogue and dissemination of research related to India 
  • Developing long term research and educational links with Indian partners 
  • Fostering entrepreneurship between Duke students and alumni, staff and faculty and Indian business partners 

DII encourages applications from all Duke schools and colleges; a broad range of activities will be considered. They include but are not limited to research, education and entrepreneurship, seed funding to establish networks of collaborators, invited speaker series or workshops and conferences (open to all members of the Duke community). We envision that activities will generate synergies among faculty, researchers and students with interests in India at Duke. Funding is not limited to projects that take place on Duke's campus, however for projects that have a significant effort in India, a demonstrated impact at Duke is recommended and should be clearly stated in the proposal.  

Applications must be submitted by a Duke faculty member; all Duke faculty are eligible to apply. 
We anticipate making awards in the $2,000-20,000 range, with awards commensurate with the activities proposed. 

Deadline: 5 pm on October 29, 2018  
Funding available: December 1, 2018 through December 31, 2019 (extension of end date is possible) 

Applications should include the following (item 2 should be a maximum of 3 pages, 11 point font, single line spacing and with 1” margin): 

1. Title page with project title, names and contact information of key participants, abstract (less than 200 words) and amount of funding requested 
2. A description of the proposed activities 
    2.1 Brief background and rationale for the project 
    2.2 Objectives 
    2.3 Proposed activities or research plan with as much details as space allows 
    2.4 Timeline, milestones 
    2.5 Specific outcomes, potential next steps, future funding (if applies) 
    2.6 Benefit to DII (how the project contributes to advancing DII’s mission) 
3. Bibliography/References (if applicable) (1 page maximum) 
4. Itemized budget with brief justification (1 page maximum). Note that faculty salary is not allowed, travel expenses are allowed but    excludes business class airfares. Only direct costs are allowed. 
5. Overlapping activities (one half-page maximum): include a statement indicating whether or not a similar activity is already funded or    pending funding (include source, title and amount). If additional funding is necessary for this project, indicate source of  funding and amount. 
6. One-page CV for the PI and each of the key participants. 
7. For proposals that include Indian collaborators, please include a letter or email from the collaborator(s) indicating commitment to the    project. 

Funding requests should be sent as one single pdf file to Rohini Thakkar (rohini.thakkar@duke.eduno later than 5 pm on October 29, 2018. Use “DII Funding Application” as the subject line. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged within 48 h. 

PIs of all funded projects can be expected to give a brief presentation in a DII event, and must deliver a final report on their activities after project completion.